Physical Education

Physical Education

At St. Mary’s CBGS our belief is that education is concerned with the whole human being, a rounded education, and that every pupil has the ability to achieve something worthwhile or even to excel in some field.

The main objective of the physical education programme, therefore, is to use the range of sports offered at St. Mary’s to identify and develop pupils. Students are encouraged to learn how to excel in a broad range of physical activities, be physically active for sustained periods of time, engage in competitive sports and activities and lead healthy, active lives.

Teaching Staff

  • Mr E. McToal (HOD)
  • Mr A. Austin
  • Mr H. McGettigan
  • Mr N. Ward
  • Mr P.Cunningham
  • Mr C. Hynds
  • Mr C. Clarke

 

 

Course Outline:

Pupils will follow a range of activities:
  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Gaelic Football
  • Hurling
  • Minor Games
  • Soccer
  • Swimming

Assessment:

Assessment is on-going and objective tested

Study/Homework Requirements:

Pupils will have worksheets related to health-related fitness.

Key Points to Success:

  • Participation is key for success in this course.
  • Enthusiasm and endeavour are the main requirements for success in this course

 

Aims:

The purpose of this course is to develop experience, knowledge and understanding of the principles pertaining to effective performance in a range of physical activities and to promote a fuller appreciation of the intrinsic value of physical activity and its place in society.

This course is suitable if:

You have a keen interest in physical fitness and sport.

Areas of Study:

Students will be asked to study the following areas:
  • BODY DEVELOPMENT AREA - Influences and effects of puberty, physical maturity to old age.
  • HEALTH & FITNESS - The structure and functioning of the body systems (location of major organs, skeleton, muscles, circulatory systems, nervous system, digestive system) and the effects of physical activity on the various body systems.
  • PHYSICAL FITNESS - Concept of physical fitness for (i) health; (ii) sport. Methods of training - interval, fartlek, aerobic/anaerobic, circuit, weight.
  • SPORT, RECREATION & LEISURE - Students will examine the influences and trends which affect the participation in sport and recreation.

During the course students will be asked to undertake four practical activities which will be taken from:
  • Gaelic football (team game);
  • Fitness training (individual activity);
  • Hurling (striking activity);
  • Swimming (individual);
  • (Soccer - team game optional).

In relation to these physical activities students will be asked to demonstrate a good standard of competence in various skills tests along with an ability to recall, understand and analyse terminology and concepts relating to these activities.

Assessment:

This GCSE subject will be examined in the following manner:
  • PAPER 1 - (1 hr 30 mins): 40% of Total Marks (Paper examines whole area of syllabus content).
  • PRACTICAL: 40% of Total Marks
  • CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT: 20% of Total Marks

Skill developed by studying the subject:

Independent learning, teamwork, co-operation, study skills, creative thinking and physical fitness. Students will also be given the opportunity to participate and gain recognised coaching awards.

Progression routes available:

A-Level PE, BTEC Sport Level 3;
Degree: Sports Studies (UUJ), Liberal Arts (St. Mary’s University College), PE Teaching and Coaching (John Moore’s University, Liverpool);
PE Teacher, Leisure industry, Physiotherapy and the medical profession.

Where can you find out more information?

  • Mr E McToal(HOD)
  • Any member of PE Department
  • School Website

 

BTEC Level 2 Sports Studies

Aims:

The 15-credit BTEC Level 2 Certificate offers a specialist qualification that focuses on particular aspects of employment within the appropriate vocational sector / leisure industry. The BTEC Level 2 Certificate is a qualification which can extend a learner’s programme of study and provide a more vocational route to third level education / employment.

This Course is Suitable if:

You have a keen interest in physical fitness and sport and want to work in the sport / leisure industry.

Course Content:

The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Sport consists of:
- one 5-credit mandatory unit plus one 10-credit mandatory specialist unit that provide for a combined total of 15 credits.

The units are:
  • Fitness Testing and Training;
  • Practical Sport;
  • Outdoor and Adventure Activities.
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Sport (External)

Assessment:

25% External Assessment.
Controlled Assessment: All students have to produce portfolios of work for each unit. Each unit is continually assessed and moderated throughout the course. Students have to meet strict criteria and deadlines set by individual teachers.

Skills Developed by Studying The Subject:

Independent learning, teamwork, co-operation, study skills, creative thinking and physical fitness. Students will also be given the opportunity to participate and gain recognised coaching awards.

Progression Routes After The Course:

A-Level PE, BTEC Sport Level 3;
Degree: Sports Studies (UUJ), Liberal Arts (St Mary’s University College), PE Teaching and Coaching (John Moore’s University, Liverpool);
PE Teacher, Leisure industry, Physiotherapy and the medical profession.

Where can you find out more?

 

Sports Science & The Active Learning Leisure Industry (CCEA)

Aims:

  • To develop an understanding of the factors influencing performance and the ability to apply these to a range of physical activities.
  • To develop the skills necessary to analyse, evaluate and improve performance.
  • To develop an appreciation of social, moral and cultural issues which affect participation and performance in physical activity.
  • To develop the capacity to think critically about the relationship between the different factors influencing performance.
  • To develop a capacity to explain current provision for participation in physical activity in the context of social issues and global trend.

The Course is Suitable if:

  • You are interested in studying both the academic and practical aspects of sport.
  • You are capable of studying at A-Level and enjoy science in relation to the body and movement.
  • You have a proven level of expertise in one or more sports.
  • You are a determined worker.

Course Content:

AS Unit 1: Fitness & Training for Sport
  • Internal Assessment/Coursework (30% of A-Level)

AS Unit 2: The Active Leisure Industry
  • External written exam (20% of A-Level)

A2 Unit 1: Event Management in the Active Leisure Industry
  • Internal Assessment/Coursework (30% of A-Level)

A2 Unit 2: Application of Science to Sports Performance
  • External written exam(20% of A-Level)

Assessment:

  • Internally assessed and externally moderated – 60% overall of A-Level.
  • Year 13 (AS) one paper theory & Year 14 (A2) one paper theory – 40% overall of A-Level.

Skills Developed From The Subject:

Universities look for students to have a well-rounded education and A-Level will aid this.
  • You will develop the ability to analyse and evaluate knowledge and information.
  • You will develop the ability to analyse and use data.
  • You will develop the ability to critically analyse performances and articulate your response.
  • You will develop the capacity to explain and formulate your point of view.
  • You will develop physically and perform at A-Level with excellence in your chosen sport.

Careers Linked to the Subject:

  • PE Teaching;
  • Physiotherapy (with 1 science subject at A-Level);
  • Leisure and Recreation;
  • Nursing;
  • Coaching;
  • Sports Development;
  • Recreational Management;
  • Health and Fitness Industry;
  • Sports Science;
  • Human Movement Studies;
  • Dietetics;
  • Radiology;
  • Cardiology

Where can you find out more?

 

National Diploma in Sport (Level 3)

Aims:

These qualifications specifically aim to:
  • Develop candidates’ knowledge and understanding of the sport sector and the chosen specialist pathway if selected.
  • Develop candidates’ skills, knowledge and understanding in contexts that are directly relevant to employment situations, thereby enhancing their employability within the sport sector.
  • Develop candidates’ ability to work autonomously and effectively in a sporting context.
  • Enable candidates to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in specialist areas of sport provision, sport development and sport performance.
  • Encourage progression by assisting in the development of skills, knowledge and understanding that candidates will need to access further or higher education programmes or occupational training on a full-time or part-time basis.
  • Encourage progression by assisting in the development of skills, knowledge and understanding that candidates will need to enter employment or enhance their current employment status.
  • Promote interaction between employers, centres and candidates by relating teaching and assessment to real settings.

The Course will be suitable if:

  • You are interested in studying both the academic and practical aspects of sport.
  • You are willing to work continuously over the 2 year course.
  • You prefer the challenge of coursework rather than exams.
  • You are a determined worker.

Those studying in preparation for employment in the sport sector in job roles at an operative or supervisory level within a wide range of sport related environments. This qualification is also suitable for those wishing to progress to third level education.

What will be studied?

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport consists of nine mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 180 credits (where at least 135 credits must be at level 3 or above).
Mandatory Units - all nine units must be taken:
  • Unit 1 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport;
  • Unit 2 The Physiology of Fitness;
  • Unit 3 Assessing Risk in Sport;
  • Unit 4 Fitness Training and Programming;
  • Unit 7 Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise;
  • Unit 11 Sports Nutrition;
  • Unit 17 Psychology for Sports Performance;
  • Unit 27 Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport;
  • Unit 28 The Athlete’s Lifestyle.

Optional Units
  • Unit 5 Sports Coaching;
  • Unit 8 Practical Team Sports;
  • Unit 12 Current Issues in Sport;
  • Unit 14 Exercise, Health and Lifestyle;
  • Unit 15 Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise;
  • Unit 18 Sports Injuries;
  • Unit 19 Analysis of Sports Performance;
  • Unit 20 Talent Identification and Development in Sport;
  • Unit 21 Sport and Exercise Massage;
  • Unit 22 Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport;
  • Unit 23 Organising Sports Events;
  • Unit 24 Physical Education and the Care of Children and Young People;
  • Unit 25 Sport as a Business;
  • Unit 26 Work Experience in Sport;
  • Unit 39 Sports Facilities and Operational Management;
  • Unit 41 Profiling Sports Performance;
  • Unit 42 Research Investigation in Sport and Exercise Sciences;
  • Unit 43 Laboratory and Experimental Methods in Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Assessment:

All units are centre-assessed and externally moderated by BTEC.
There are no timetabled exams for this qualification; candidates may complete units at a time that suits the centre.
The full qualification and units from this qualification are graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.
There is 1 external moderation visit each year.

Skills Developed from the Subject:

These qualification aim to:
  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of the sport sector and the chosen specialist pathway if selected;
  • Develop your skills, knowledge and understanding in contexts that are directly relevant to employment situations, thereby enhancing your employability within the sport sector;
  • Develop your ability to work autonomously and effectively in a sporting context;
  • Enable you to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in specialist areas of sport provision, sport development and sport performance;
  • Encourage progression by assisting in the development of skills, knowledge and understanding that you will need to access further or higher education programmes or occupational training on a full-time or part-time basis;
  • Encourage progression by assisting in the development of skills, knowledge and understanding that you will need to enter employment or enhance their current employment status;
  • Promote interaction between employers, centres and you by relating teaching and assessment to real settings.

Different Associated Careers:

PE teaching / Leisure and Recreation / Nursing / Coaching / Sports development / Recreational management / Health and Fitness industry / Sports science / Human movement studies / Dietetics / Radiology / Cardiology.

How to find out more:

  • Contact Mr E McToal (HOD)
  • Contact any member of PE Staff
  • Visit www.edexcel.com